Embark on a journey through the history of Christianity and see some of the earliest mosaics in Rome, dating back as far as the 5th century AD. Your personal guide will show you stunning work in churches from the Byzantine era to the Middle Ages.
What to Expect
Join this 3-hour off-the-beaten-path tour and follow the history of Christianity through some of Rome’s earliest mosaics, dating back as far as the 5th century AD! The private tour is priced for up to 4 persons.
Visit some of the lesser-known churches of the Eternal City and admire mosaics from the Byzantine era up through the Middle Ages.
The first Christian churches were decorated with stunning mosaics created from small pieces of marble, glass, and colored stones, combined with gold foil for decorative effect.
Begin your tour at the Basilica of Saint Praxedes, an ancient titular church and minor basilica in Rome that houses the San Zeno Chapel, adorned with impressive Byzantine mosaics.
Next you’ll visit the Basilica of St. Mary Major, one of the highest-ranking Papal Major Basilicas. Before entering the church, admire the mosaics by Filippo Turati located in the square. Inside the church your guide will show you mosaics from the 5th century, depicting scenes from the Old Testament and the Nativity.
Take a walk along Via Urbana, and in the heart of the Monti quarter, visit the Church of Santa Pudenziana, home to some of the most ancient mosaics in Rome.
Know Before You Go
• The tour involves a fair amount of walking, which can be reduced by taking taxis (at your expense)
• When booking please advise if you require a hotel pick-up, and provide the name and address of your hotel if you do. Indicate if anyone in your group has mobility issues, and you want to modify the tour
• Sites visited are based on the pace of the average client. If you prefer a more leisurely pace, you can opt to see fewer sites. With a private guide, your tour is catered to your interests and activity level